Nurse's head shave raises £3,400 to help her Bromsgrove Princess of Wales Hospital colleague with cancer battle - The Bromsgrove Standard

Nurse's head shave raises £3,400 to help her Bromsgrove Princess of Wales Hospital colleague with cancer battle

Bromsgrove Editorial 14th Jan, 2023   0

A KIND-HEARTED nurse from Rednal lost her locks to raise funds for her friend and colleague.

Janet Garfield undertook her ‘Going For Bald’ fund-raiser last month for Jinsy who she works alongside at Bromsgrove’s Princess of Wales Community Hospital.

Jinsy, who has dedicated the last 22 years of her life as a nurse including nine in the NHS, was diagnosed with Stage 3 advanced bowel cancer last year.

The disease has spread to her lymph node and lymphatic vessels and she had a major operation in May to remove the tumour. She is now living with a permanent colostomy bag.

Following this Jinsy had further operations in May due to complications associated with her surgery.

She is now having intensive chemotherapy to prevent the recurrence of cancer which will hopefully finish next month, depending on her health and blood results.

If results go as planned, Jinsy will need further surgery – a Total Proctocolectomy – as there are still cancer cells in her bowel.


Janet’s fund-raiser

During the fund-raiser last month, Janet’s Primrose Unit colleagues had a go at cutting her hair, along with her son, daughter and cousin.

Another workmate Karen then took over and did most of the cutting and the excess was shaved off.

Janet’s fund-raising target was £3,000 but £3,400 has already been donated.

Janet said: “I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has given so generously – it shows how loved Jinsy is.

“The diagnosis came as huge shock to Jinsy and her family.

“Alongside the physical and emotional burden of living with cancer, Jinsy also faces increasing financial pressures as she was the main earning member of her family.

“Jinsy’s sick pay reduced in August which will place a huge financial pressure on her and her family.

“Jinsy not only faces the uncertainty of living with cancer, but she also has the worry of supporting her family through what is predicted to be the toughest winter for many households due to the current cost-of-living crisis.”

People can visit the fund-raising page here to donate further funds.


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